Baked Chicken Chimichangas


I grew up in Mesa, Arizona where killer Mexican food joints are on practically every corner. Burritos, tacos, enchiladas – I thought I knew it all. But then I discovered chimichangas. That first bite of crispy fried tortilla enveloping tender chicken or beef, melty cheese and tangy salsa – I was smitten!

I ordered chimichangas at every restaurant visit, loving the crunch of the exterior contrasting the soft, saucy filling. So when I moved to Florida and couldn’t find that authentic chili-kissed flavor, I started experimenting at home. While deep-frying chimis captured the taste of my childhood, all that oil wasn’t exactly healthy.

After some oven-baking trials, I finally nailed the technique to get tortillas crisp without frying. Brushed with butter and baked at high heat, they get beautifully brown and crispy! I fill them with a mixture of shredded chicken, salsa, spices and cheese for that familair sweet and savory chimichanga deliciousness. We top them with all the goods – guac, tomatoes, sour cream. That first crunchy, melty bite transports me right back to those hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints from my hometown.

The difference between chimis and enchiladas? Chimichangas are traditionally fried, while enchiladas are baked under sauce. But with this oven method, I get the best of both worlds! All the flavors I love from classic chimi recipes, now in a fresh, lighter baked form. We devour these weekly – they’re my new favorite way to get my southwestern comfort food fix!

Oven-Baked Chicken Chimichangas Recipe

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix chicken, salsa, spices, cheese and onions.
  3. Place 1/3 cup filling into each tortilla. Fold in sides and roll up.
  4. Place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter.
  5. Bake 25 minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  6. Serve topped with desired ingredients and enjoy!